I know this is the shallowest question, but it concerns me a great deal. I'm normally a skinny gal, and I've gained an uncomfortable amount of weight thus far this pregnancy. With my first, I was able to lose all of it by about 6 months postpartum. I also had (I think) PPD during the first year of my son's life. I was pretty darn miserable, although I wonder still how much of it was situational, and how much was actual PPD. I can't go back and know, but with this next LO on the way, if I'm still feeling so depressed by about 8 weeks postpartum, I'd like to seek medical help, rather than walking around for a whole year being severely depressed.
I guess my question is, how badly do anti-depressants affect your ability to lose weight postpartum? Will I likely be committing to keeping all of my pregnancy weight if I choose to take anti-depressants? It seems like a lot of people experience weight problems with Zoloft. Is it the same with Paxil? Or would Paxil potentially allow me still lose weight normally?
I know, I know, it's absolutely ridiculous. But it's a curiosity. I know that I would be absolutely crushed to remain bigger, or to try hard to lose the weight only to not have it come off because of medication. As much as I hated being depressed, I also cry on a daily basis every time I look in the mirror right now, and I really want to return to my normal appearance.
If anyone can weigh in with their experiences, that would be tremendously helpful. I'd like to know my options now so that if I feel like I need it, I can get on meds quickly without wasting precious time this go round.